Gloucester Rugby travel to Sale Sharks on Saturday and ahead of the Gallagher Premiership fixture, Head Coach George Skivington looked back on the Northampton victory and looked ahead to the game at the weekend.
On Northampton Saints
“We were down 13 points at one point, but I was really pleased with the way that the boys stuck to the task. That was something that we took away from the Leicester game where we strayed a little bit from the game plan.
“We’re too good now to do that. We were down but the boys rallied together and stuck to the plan and thankfully got the result in the end.
“I thought Ruan Ackermann was outstanding in his first captaincy of the club. I thought he was brilliant in the way that he organised things and he had some good generals with the likes of Billy Twelvetrees around him.”
On leaders in the team
“It’s massive. No team can function with just one bloke leading. Lewis Ludlow has grown into a great leader of this club but you have to have your generals around you and have guys who are willing to speak and can lead. Like last week, Luds got called into the England squad, you need your other guys to step up.
“We have a good group of leaders who discuss a lot of stuff together and they are very in tune with what we need to do at various points in the game. It’s not just Lewis or Ruan who speaks, there’s other guys who run different sections of the game and they are a good well aligned group.”
On Sale Sharks
“It’s a really tough place to go. We’ve had a few tough away games over the last month, and we’ve learnt a huge amount from that.
“We’re very respectful of Sale. It’s a tough place to go and they are in good form. They’ve got a very big pack and a lot of skill behind that. It’s a big challenge for us but we’re very focused and we’re very clear on where we need to improve our team to keep pushing on so it’s an exciting challenge for us.”
On them being one spot below us in the league
“We don’t read the table or focus too much on who’s where because our objective is to get better. Where you sit in the table doesn’t really matter until the back end of the season.
“When you’re a couple of weeks away from the end of the year, if you’re lucky enough to be fighting for something, it matters, but at this point in time, we just need to grow and keep getting better and challenge ourselves and learn from our lessons like we have in the last month.”